Ian Haynes is Professor of Archaeology at Newcastle University. He has a particular interest in the frontier communities of the Roman Empire and has written extensively on the types of auxiliary units which occupied Vindolanda. As part of his research, Ian has been privileged to direct archaeological fieldwork at Maryport and Beckfoot in Cumbria, and Corbridge in Northumberland.

Ian is also heavily involved in the work of the Clayton Trust, best known for its museum at Chesters Roman Fort.  In addition to his work in Britain, Ian has worked extensively in Rome, where he co-directs the Lateran Project, and in Romania, where his research has focussed on the largest Roman conurbation north of the Danube, Apulum.